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Online Writing Nightmares: 4 Scary, Soul-Sucking Places for Freelance Work

Where Online Writing Nightmares Come True... Makealivingwriting.com

If your freelance life gives you nightmares, you might be chasing online writing jobs in some scary places. It’s a recurring problem I’ve heard from writers for years. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
—Carol.

Do you go to sleep at night feeling good about your online writing work?

Or do you toss and turn, have nightmares about writing for pennies, and wake up in a cold sweat?

Being a freelance writer can be scary. So many online writing opportunities are out there beckoning you to walk down a virtual dark alley without a flashlight.

I’ve seen it happen. And heard too many nightmare tales from freelance writers.

Some shady online writing client lures you in like an unsuspecting victim in a horror movie. And before you know it, you’re hooked into writing copy for soul-sucking rates.

If you don’t want to be stuck in an online writing nightmare, beware of these four places in the Underworld of Freelance Writing that are guaranteed to put your writing career on the road to nowhere.

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Can Revenue Share Writing Still Pay? We Investigate

Can revenue share writing still pay? We investigate. Makealivingwriting.com

The online offers for revenue share writing gigs are ubiquitous. They’ve been around since the early days of the internet.

If you’ve been looking for writing jobs, you’ve probably seen the ads for this type of work: Get published and make money by submitting articles on any topic you like.

Sounds pretty good, right?

If you’re a veteran writer who knows how to write compelling copy, or you’re a newbie freelancer who can churn out content, maybe revenue share writing could be a stable source of income.

In theory, it’s possible. After all, millions of people are online, and there’s a niche audience for every imaginable topic you might be interested in writing about.

But before you sign up, tap into your creative energy sources, and start cranking out content for a revenue share writing site, you need to know a few things.

How revenue share writing really works

It’s a business model that relies on freelance writers to create content to drive website traffic. But instead of getting paid flat-rate fees, you get paid based on the number of views, or more commonly, on a percentage of clicks made on ads placed next to your articles.

Ever wonder if this is a good way to make money as a freelance writer? We tracked down all the details to answer the question: Can revenue share writing still pay? Here’s what we found:

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Get Paid for Traffic: The Scoop on Writing for Blasting News

How Bloggers Can Get Paid for Traffic. Makelivingwriting.com

It seems like there are always new sites coming into the market, offering to give freelance writers a little pay. But few sites pay based on traffic anymore (which makes sense, since traffic does not equal dollars).

Blasting News is one opportunity that is new to the U.S. and does pay based on the number of visitors you attract. They contacted Carol about referring writers to the site — and she asked me to take a look and learn about the pay and requirements.

Is Blasting News a good way for writers to earn a living? There are highly mixed reviews on Glassdoor and on Indeed (in several languages).

We decided to find out more, and talked to several writers around the world with experience on this platform. Here’s our report:

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Your 10 Best Freelance Writing and Blogging Posts of 2014

Top 10 articles for writers

In 2014, I published roughly 100 new blog posts about the freelance writing and blogging game here at Make a Living Writing. Whew! No wonder I’m tired.

But enough about me — the important question is: Which of those many posts did you like best?

Here’s our annual list of the posts I published in 2014 that got the most traffic. This is essentially a readers’ choice ranking — you voted with your clicks on which posts were most interesting.

These are ranked with #1 representing the new post that got the most traffic in 2014:

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Writing for Content Mills: Did You Pick the Wrong One?

Many choices in content mills

Many new writers looking to find that first place they can break in and start earning money from their craft end up signing up for a content mill.

Either that, or they end up discovering a revenue-share site like Examiner or Guardian Liberty Voice, or bidding for gigs on Elance.

Soon after, many of these writers send me emails like this one:

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Your 7 Favorite Posts About Freelance Writing — So Far

Hey, writers! Looking for a little summertime inspiration to get your freelance writing in gear? Well, I noticed that my January roundup of the most popular posts of 2013 was the most popular post I’ve done here on the blog

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